Indy Pace Car Edition: 1992 Cadillac Allante

Jeff LaveryBy Jeff Lavery

The ongoing dialog about Pace Cars hasn’t changed: most cars are simply dealer dress-ups that barely resemble the car that actually paced the field, and have no real connection to the vehicles that ran on the track. Same story with the Cadillac Allante, such as this example here on eBay – but at least this is a Pace Car variant we don’t see come up for sale too often. This is a classified ad, with a Buy-It-Now of $9,250.

Image courtesy of Cadillac Forums

In the case of the Allante, much like the Beretta GTU, a thick roll bar and removable top were incorporated as part of the design. The roll bar is an interesting look for a luxury car like the Allante, but it immediately made the two actual Pace Cars far more valuable/interesting than the hundreds of copies likely produced by U.S. dealers.

The Allante seen here doesn’t have impressively low mileage like most Pace Cars but does remain in very sound condition. The leather interior is untorn, and you can see the slick digital gauge cluster still functions. The leather wrap on the steering wheel looks out of place, but that’s the only deviation from stock we can see. The seller discloses a crack in the dash, and surprisingly, evidence that the Allante has been repainted.

The 4.5L V8 is said to run well, and the Allante is equipped with recent tires. The detailed engine compartment is impressive, presenting as if its wears far lower mileage than 65K. Overall, this is a solid example of an Allante with the extra cache of sporting Pace Car graphics – but do yourself a favor, and make an offer that reflects the otherwise ordinary provenance of a gussied-up replica of the real-deal.

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  1. jdjonesdr

    I’ve always wanted an Allante. I’d love to have this one.

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  2. grant

    Why is this here?

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    • KEN TILLY

      This is a barn find? More like a museum display. Even the cars around it are covered with plastic.

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  3. Ralph Myers

    You’ll find there is a lot of Allantes for sale, and if you can get 5K out of one you’re doing good. To many problems with them. I see a lot of these that can’t be given away.

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  4. charlie

    I own a ’93 147,000 miles, a driver Fast, comfortable, but noisy with top up, top down, or hardtop on. Price here is about right, there are three guys who specialize in parts and repairs, one in NJ, one in San Diego, on in Florida all honorable and good to deal with. And they are an inexpensive way into the hobby with a car you can drive. And, with the top down. About $64,000 when new, not many buyers, many went for $45,000, still a lot of money in the time. Prices range from about $1000 for a parts car to $22,000 for a museum piece. Mine just passed CA emission control test, with some minor work, and, for all of you who fear the car with no title, if the car used to have a title, in CA, they will issue one. Mine was in NH which did not issue titles to cars built before 1999 if bought after 2013.

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  5. charlie

    I own a ’93 147,000 miles, a driver Fast, comfortable, but noisy with top up, top down, or hardtop on. Price here is about right, there are three guys who specialize in parts and repairs, one in NJ, one in San Diego, on in Florida all honorable and good to deal with. And they are an inexpensive way into the hobby with a car you can drive. And, with the top down. About $64,000 when new, not many buyers, many went for $45,000, still a lot of money in the time. Prices range from about $1000 for a parts car to $22,000 for a museum piece. Mine just passed CA emission control test, with some minor work, and, for all of you who fear the car with no title, if the car used to have a title, in CA, they will issue one. Mine was in NH which did not issue titles to cars built before 1999 if bought after 2013 but CA will issue me one.

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  6. Tommy D

    Always like the exterior…not so much the interior…

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  7. Allante

    The pace cars were 93’s, which was the first car to get the all new Northstar quad cam engine, which had approx 50% more HP.
    Bit extra grunt which Al Unser said was impressive, and if I recall correctly his son Al Unser Jr one the race at got one of the cars.

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  8. David J David J

    Props to whomever designed the body. It is beautiful.

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  9. Ramone H.

    Two Northstar-powered 1993s were prepared to pace the ’92 Indianapolis 500 (and saw lots of activity that cold day), but the Allantés prepared for the 500 Festival VIPs that year were all 1992 models.
    Pace car lettering could be ordered through Cadillac parts.
    I owned a ’93 for several years, and thoroughly enjoyed the car. Solid ride, rattle-free, comfortable and fast.
    My only complaint was a common one – the rear convertible top pull down motor is a significant weak link.
    Performance-wise, the car was worry free.
    By the way, ’93 was the only model year where the cars had no vent windows on the doors. It was also the only model year where matching hardtops were not available, though previous-year hardtops could be retrofitted.

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